Lenten Journey Journal: Friday, April 7th

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Today’s memorial of St. Jean-Baptiste de La Salle is a special day for me as the very first school at which I taught was a great little La Sallian school – Justin-Siena High School in the beautiful Napa Valley.



Sun(Fun)day Night: Lots O’ Links on the Future of Tech

It’s another Sunday night and if you’re like me – YOU DON’T HAVE SCHOOL TOMORROW! Sorry to “shout” there, but it’s always nice to enjoy a Sunday night without the preoccupation of having to prepare to teach on Monday morning.

Rather than just offer one funny  or thought-provoking Sun(Fun)day Night link, I’m offering a whole list of them. I’ve been saving these up and now seems like as good a time as any to share them here.

Enjoy these links and take a look into the crystal ball to see the future of technology:

“Mechanical Trees Become ‘Power Plants’ When They Sway in the Breeze”

“3D Touch Opens a New Dimension of User Interaction”

“Battery Research Claims 10x Gain”

“This Samsung Patent Lets Smartwatches Recognize You by Your Veins”

“Insane Ways of Making Energy You May Not Know”

“The Mobile Phone of the Future Will Be Planted in Your Head”

“Dissolvable Devices Keep Tabs on The Brain”

“Autonomous Robots are Changing the Way We Build and Move Products Around the World”

“Hop, Skip, Drive: Uber, But For Kids”

“Scientists Can Now Predict Intelligence From Brain Activity”

“Fiction’s Newest Frontier: Literary Geocaching”

“Wearable Sensors Could Translate Sign Language Into English”

“New Foam Batteries Promise Fast Charging, Higher Capacity”

“Artificially Intelligent Software is Replacing the Textbook and Reshaping American Education”

“How Your Device Knows Your Life Through Images”

“Meet Kangaroo: A $99 Windows 10 Desktop PC as Small as a Smartphone”

“You Are Your Smartphone”

“Do Robots Need a Human-Like Sense of Touch”

“This Guy Wants Us to Commute in Autonomous On-Demand Pods” 

“Why Hearables May Be the Next Big Thing in Tech”

“Mind Controlled Robot Suits Help the Paralyzed Move Again”

“Salt-Based Batteries Could Make Your Next Mobile Device Cheaper and Greener”

“7 Unexpected Virtual Reality Use Cases”

“Microsoft’s 2016 Predictions: Expect the Year of Machine Aided Wit”

“Yahoo Labs Develops Biometric Authentication Method for Touchscreens”

“2016 Will Be the Year Wearables Disappear”

“Google Testing a Feature to Eliminate the Password”

“Future of Messaging Apps Spells the End of Google as We Know It”

“OrCam’s MyMe Wearable Will Watch and Decode the World For You”



The Ingredients of A Creative Teacher

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Am I a creative teacher?  Are you one?  Check out this post which lists the “3 Seeds of a Creative Classroom”

I’m certainly not artistically creative nor can I compose music or play an instrument.  I’m a decent actor and I can write pretty well (although I prefer writing essays to fiction “creative” writing). Yet I can’t build, repair, sculpt or paint to save my life.

I do think I’m a rather creative teacher.  I’m not an off-the-wall, something different every day, surprises galore kind of teacher like the memorable, yet fictional, Mr. Jupiter in the “Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary” my 11 year-old daughter and I recently read together.  I do strive to create lessons and activities which will invite my students to stretch and grow as they learn.  I like to try new technology which will enhance either the process of learning or the way my students communicate their learning to me and their classmates.  And, I’m not afraid to flop if something doesn’t work quite the way that I hoped!

I like the sound of this “21 Day Teacher Empowerment Challenge”.  There’s a fee for participation ($21) which might be off-set by my school’s PD fund.  If I jump into it, I’ll let you know how it goes and what I learn.